The Wolf of Wall Street: Dubious Honor

The Wolf of Wall Street: Dubious Honor

“The Wolf of Wall Street” is an Oscar nominee (March 2, 2014) featuring director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. But Wolf’s most dubious honor is already known: Variety reports that it’s the new record holder for over 500 F-words in an R-rated feature. Is there an Oscar for excessive...

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Dracula and the Decline of Christian Power

Dracula and the Decline of Christian Power

Okay, okay, I admit it: I am big fan of Dracula movies, and have been ever since I was a little boy. Since the time I was allowed to sit up late on Friday night and watch the old horror films playing at 11.30 p.m., I have been happily horrified...

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Beyonce: Art or Outrage?

Beyonce: Art or Outrage?

Pop artist Beyonce has created a firestorm of controversy by posting an Instagram photo where she is seated in front of “The Last Supper” painting. She’s just the latest entertainment figure to misappropriate religious imagery. Are they disrespectful or naive?

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Just Imagine, John Lennon

Just Imagine, John Lennon

In the world’s hagiology, it seems that untimely demise bestows a scent of secular sanctity, that those who die before their time are endowed with the status of saints. Take for example the untimely death of Princess Diana. Despite some remarkably unfortunate life choices (such as Dodi Fayed), she was...

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Doctor Who and the Communion of Christ

Doctor Who and the Communion of Christ

This November, Science Fiction history was made. Doctor Who, the famed British television series celebrated 50 years, and did so with a spectacular anniversary episode. Within the last several years, my boys and I have become rabid fans of the Doctor, watching every episode in the most recent run of...

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The books and the first film in this series caught a lot of negative comment from Orthodox Christians because of some of the issues which Suzanne Collins and the film makers dealt with – mostly the idea of children killing children, and the graphic violence. While the violence isn’t any...

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A Cure for Depression from St. Silouan the Athonite

A Cure for Depression from St. Silouan the Athonite

The greatest plague of the 21st century is not AIDS, nor cancer, nor the H1N1 flu, but something that affects much more people in ways we can barely start to understand: depression. Reportedly one in ten Americans suffers from one or the other forms of this malady. The rates of...

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So, which is it? Jesus or Jeezus?

So, which is it? Jesus or Jeezus?

The other day, my five-year-old asked me to explain to her who Jesus was. She’s a pretty inquisitive and very precocious kid, so replying with something simple like ‘He was the Son of God’ or ‘He was sent to show us the path we should follow’ wasn’t going to fly...

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Miley Cyrus and the Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Miley Cyrus and the Beheading of St. John the Baptist

The entire Internet is still in a state of consternation after the recent performance of Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards. Since I am way past the MTV viewers median age, I found out about it from a post on a social network. Although I was bracing myself...

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Melting Down, Hollywood Style

Melting Down, Hollywood Style

No one does disasters like Hollywood. (Quick case in point: Giant comet hits the earth in 1998’s Deep Impact, below.) But what happens when the disaster is their own? If this summer’s movie attendance is any indication, they may find out, and sooner than even Steven Spielberg predicted. Simple quiz:...

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